Missing countries and territories

This year I already received covers from 30 countries that I was missing! A big THANK YOU to everybody, who helps getting my collection more complete!

Nevertheless I am missing covers from a lot of countries. If your country/territory is on the list below, please send me a cover! I am replying with a nice one from Austria.

Africa: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Guinea-Bissau, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Niger, São Tomé and Príncipe, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan

Americas: Bequia, Dominica, Grenada & Carriacou

Antarctica: Argentine Antarctica, Australian Antarctic Territory, British Antarctic Territory, Chilean Antarctic Territory, South Georgia, US South Pole Base

Asia: Abkhazia, Eastern Timor, Iraqi Kurdistan, Palestine, South Ossetia

Australia & Oceania: Cook Islands (Aitutaki, Penrhyn), Micronesia, Nauru, Niuafoʻou, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tokelau

Europe: Mt. Athos, Transnistria

I am also interested in receiving letters from local post services.

Please send all covers to the following address:

HAUPTSTRASSE 23
8262 ILZ
AUSTRIA

#851 Hong Kong 14/08/21

HK 140821This marvelous first day cover from Hong Kong was sent by Mr. XU Hui, thank you very much! It was posted on August 21 and arrived on August 27, 2014.

The attached stamp sheet depicts some Cantonese opera costumes.

#850 Lithuania 14/10/11

Lithuania 141011This very nice FDC from Lithuania was sent by Leonardas, thank you very much! It was issued in Vilnius on October 11 and arrived on October 14, 2014.

The FDC and stamp commemorate the first heart surgery in Lithuania, which took place 50 years ago.

See also: #736 Lithuania 13/11/09

#849 Montserrat 14/09/26

Montserrat 140926Another new country for my collection: Wolfgang sent this nice cover from Montserrat, thank you! The letter was posted on September 26 and arrived on October 14, 2014.

Wolfgang used a genuine envelope of the Montserrat Springs Hotel, which was devastated during the 1997 volcano eruption.

The stamps commemorate the butterflies Cassius Blue (Leptotes cassius) and Nyctelius nyctelius. They are part of the definitives set, which was issued on March 5, 2013.

On the right it seems that a stamp was taken off the cover; there is a blank space above the postmark. Nevertheless it is a very nice cover!

See also: #838 Nevis 14/09/08

#848 Congo Republic 14/08/22

Congo 140822My first cover from the Republic of the Congo was sent by Matthew, thank you very much! It was posted in Brazzaville on August 22 and arrived on October 6, 2014.

The left stamp is part of the set, which commemorates the 500th anniversary of the discovery of America by Christopher Columbus. It was issued on May 30, 1991, and depicts the ship Santa María.

The next stamp depicts the flower Strelitzia reginae. It is part of a set, which was issued on December 23, 1976. The middle stamp (issued May 5, 1980) commemorates the visit of Pope John Paul II.

The next stamp is part of the “Flowers” set (issued May 10, 1996) and depicts the cornflower (Centaurea cyanus). The right stamp commemorates the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. It is part of a stamp set, which was issued on July 30, 1964.

#847 Jersey 14/09/22

Jersey 140922On September 26, 2014, I received this nice cover from Jersey, thank you Chris! It was posted on September 22.

The top left stamp is part of a set, which commemorates the 125th anniversary of the Victoria College. The set was issued on September 29, 1977. The bottom left stamp commemorates the composer John Ireland (1879 – 1962) and his work “The Forgotten Rite”. It is part of the EUROPA set, which was issued on April 23, 1985.

The two middle stamps are part of a set, which was issued on April 24, 1979. It commemorates the 25th anniversary of the International Air Rally.

The two right stamps (part of a set, which was issued on November 25, 1976) commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Dr. Lilian Mary Grandin (1876 – 1924), who was Jersey’s first female doctor.

#846 Alderney 14/09/30

Alderney 140930On October 6, 2014, I received this nice cover from Alderney. It was posted on September 30 with the help of the Alderney post officers, thanks!

The stamps are part of the “Birds” set, which was issued on May 24, 2007. The stamps depict the common blackbird (Turdus merula), the Eurasian blue tit (Parus caeruleus), and the Western jackdaw (Corvus monedula).

#845 Moldova 14/09/15

Moldova 140915The stamps on the left of this nice cover from Moldova commemorate the Ralli Family Mansion in Dolna, Strășeni. They are part of the “Architecture” set, which was issued on February 15, 2011.

The middle stamp is part of the set “Folk Dances” (issued September 18, 2010). It commemorates a dance of the Călușari.

On the right there is a stamp that depicts a red fox (Vulpes vulpes). It is part of a stamp set, which commemorates threatened species of Moldova. The set was issued on July 29, 2011.

The cover was posted in Chișinău on September 15 and arrived on September 17, 2014. Thank you, Constantin!

See also: #790 Moldova 14/05/03

#844 Rwanda 14/08/27

Rwanda 140827This very nice cover from Rwanda was sent by Déo, thank you very much! It was posted in Kigali on August 27 and arrived on September 16, 2014.

The left stamps are part of the “Gorillas” set, which was issued on  November 15, 2010.

The right stamp is part of the “Folklore” set (issued on November 15, 2010).

#843 Cook Islands 14/09/05

Cook Islands 140905My first cover from the Cook Islands was sent by Wolfgang, thank you! It was posted on Rarotonga on September 5 and arrived on September 18, 2014.

The stamps are part of the “Scouts” set, which was issued on September 14, 2010.

#842 France 14/02/12

France 140212On February 17 I received this nice cover from France, thank you, François! It was posted in Pornichet on February 14, 2014.

The stamp set (issued on September 20, 2013) commemorates the 150th anniversary of the birth of the famous French physician Alexandre Yersin (1863–1943). The set is a joint issued with Vietnam.

#841 French Southern and Antarctic Lands – Kerguelen Islands 14/03/21

TAAF 140321Jean Pierre sent me this wonderful cover from the Kerguelen Islands, thank you very much!

On March 21, 2014, it was cancelled at Port-aux-Français and arrived on September 21 the same year.

The left stamp is part of the “Logos” set, which was issued on April 29, 2013. The stamp set on the right was issued on January 2, 2012. It commemorates the former observatory station at Point Molloy on the main Kerguelen island La Grande Terre.

On the back of the cover there are the cachets of the Chef de District Christian Fressignac and the Gérant Postal Alain Neufville.

TAAF 140321back

#840 Norfolk Island 14/09/08

Norfolk 140908On September 18 I received this nice cover from Norfolk Island, which was sent with the help of the Philatelic Bureau. It was posted on September 8, 2014.

The stamps are part of the set “Shorelines”, which was issued on September 30, 2013. They depict the Ball Bay, the Emily Bay, and the Second Sands beach.

#839 Mayotte 11/02/25

On March 8, 2011, I received this beautiful cover from Mayotte, thank you Jean Pierre! It was posted in Mamoudzou on February 25, 2011.

The mini-sheet was issued on January 17, 2011. It depicts different hair styles.

See also: #587 Mayotte 11/12/31

#838 Nevis 14/09/08

Nevis 140908My first cover from Nevis was sent by Wolfgang, thank you! It was posted in Charlestown on September 8 and arrived on September 17, 2014. Interestingly the postmark has the inscription “FIRST DAY OF ISSUE”.

The top left and bottom middle stamp are part of the 2013 definitives set. They commemorate the ray-finned fish (Pomacanthus xanthometopon) and the barred hogfish (Bodianus scrofa).

The top middle stamp commemorates the Nassau grouper (Epinephelus striatus). It is part of a mini-sheet, which was issued on September 1, 1995. The top right stamp is part of a mini-sheet (issued on July 25, 1994) and depicts the saddle squirrelfish (Holocentrus poco). The bottom left stamp depicts the Nassau grouper too.

The bottom right stamp (part of a set that was issued on December 20, 1991) commemorates the mushroom Marasmius haematocephalus.

#837 Réunion 14/09/11

Reunion 140911On September 16 I received this cover from Réunion, which was sent by Michel, thank you! It has the postmark “LA POSTE 19595A”, which is the machine postmark of the post sorting centre in Saint-Denis.

The stamps are part of the “Holiday” stamp set, which was issued on May 3, 2014.

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